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Damien Hirst (British, b.1965)
LOT ID: 66581
The Dead, 2009

Etching / Engraving, Two color foil block print
28.35 х 20.08 in. (72.01 x 51 cm.)
Signed, and numbered
Edition of 15
Lot description
Critically acclaimed author James Joyce inspired controversial artist Damien Hirst to create this late work entitled 'The Dead' which envelops one of Hirst’s most controversial themes, life and death. Creating a visually dynamic piece through the stark contrasting color combination of deep violet and glimmering silver, we see the way Hirst has adapted Andy Warhol's approach with sensation-seeking, factory-made work that challenges the boundaries between high and low culture, art and science.

As the celebrated bad-boy artist of our time, Contemporary British artist Damien Hirst’s (b.1965) œuvre is at once abstract, conceptual, romantic, baroque and minimal. Hirst carries on the legacy of Warhol with sensation-seeking, factory-made work that is as much about marketing as it is about content. Hirst's work has generated enormous controversy, in part for its morbidity and fascination with medicine, which is evident in several of his series: the encased dead animals in various states of preservation, the incorporation of butterfly wings into stained glass-like images, cabinets filled with pharmaceuticals, and diamond-encrusted skulls. Hirst, winner of the 1995 prestigious Tate Gallery Turner Prize, has been the most prominent and notorious member of the young British artists (YBAs). Hirst's work has earned him the right to exhibit in numerous venues worldwide including the Gagosian Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2007), the White Cube, London, UK (2008) and the National Center For Contemporary Art Moscow, Russia (2010), among others.


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Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Tate Gallery (London, UK)
Queensland Art Gallery (Brisbane, AU
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